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Cut administration costs to give teachers a raise

Cut administration costs to give teachers a raise – Monterey Herald, Feb. 29, 2020

I found William Pace’s letter to the editor about the MPUSD pay scale of great interest. It is true that seasoned teachers often make up to $100,000-plus per year along with pension and health benefits, but there is more to the story. In most government-operated high school districts in America, up to 40 to 50 percent of their employees are not teachers, but often higher-paid administrators.  If the public wants better-paid teachers in order to facilitate better-performing students, then a sizeable portion of these dead-weight pencil pushers need to be phased out.

Since these same bureaucrats run the school system like a medieval fiefdom, this is unlikely to happen. But the public should understand that there is an untapped treasure-trove of public funds that could significantly help to improve today’s failing schools.

–Lawrence Samuels, Carmel